It is my sincere hope that our students, families, and employees were able to enjoy some time away with family and friends over the holiday break. In education, it can sometimes feel like the year starts when students return in August. However, changing the calendar to a new year gives us another opportunity to reflect and look at what we have accomplished and what is ahead. I continue to be grateful for faculty/staff members, students, families, partners, and supporters who dedicate themselves every day to the mission and work of the Murray City School District.
We want our schools to be places that inspire, engage, educate, and empower our students. As such, we need to ensure that our instructional programs remain strong and that student achievement is at the forefront. Our schools have been working diligently to assess student achievement data and meet together in Professional Learning Communities.
We want to make sure we are helping every student achieve. We look forward to the Utah State Board of Education releasing the revised school report cards in January where all stakeholders will be able to see the progress that each of our schools are making. We are proud of the effort that has been made to provide all students in grades 3 12 with access to technology devices for increased personalized learning. Our technology coaches continue to provide training opportunities for our teachers to help them implement unique, highly focused learning paths for students with these devices. We look forward to having a device for each of our students in grades K-2 beginning next school year.
Finally, in this current climate, student and staff safety continues to be a top priority for us. This is made possible with a supportive community helping us make certain that students are safe as they travel to and from school and in our community. This effort can be aided by looking out for students as they board school buses, and watching for student pedestrians and bicyclists as they travel in early morning and late evening hours. We also know that winter weather presents unique challenges, so we encourage you to take extra precautions to look out for students traveling to and from school when winter weather conditions make travel difficult.
We look forward to continuing to make our schools places that inspire, engage, educate, and empower our students. I hope your New Year is filled with joy as we work together to serve your students. Murray City School District will continue to direct all of our actions to our mantra, We Are Murray!